The wood stock still has its deep brown finish. The iron barrel and lock have an aged blue-black finish.
A really interesting, classic, early American fowler, built by a village gunsmith or craftsman probably about 1850. It has a back action percussion lock with light engraving marked "Goelcher." The barrel was once part of a flintlock military musket, perhaps a relic of the Colonial wars. It appears to be about .72 caliber. The stock is nicely formed with a heavy wrist and the distinct angle and "drop" of a gun meant to be fired at a steep angle. The maker knew his craft.
I have replaced the ramrod and refastened the ramrod pipes. The wood stock still has its deep brown finish. The iron barrel and lock have an aged blue-black finish. It is mechanically in good order, though it hasn't been fired in many, many years. Fifty-five inches long, this "goose gun" is a great display piece for an early home.